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City Council funds new body cameras for Iowa City Police

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – The Iowa City City Council approved over $365,000 of its general revenue fund to go towards getting new car and body cameras for its police department.

The department says its dash cameras are eight years old, and the body cameras are over four years old. Further, officers say they have to run the two on different systems and the original supplier will no longer service them.

“They’ve become something that we use on a daily basis,” ICPD Sgt. Derek Frank said. “If it serves as peace of mind for people, that’s great. They know the officer knows he’s being recorded.”

Frank also said the department values body cameras as an independent third party during investigations.

“It provides another perspective,” Frank said.

Frank said this push is not related to Iowa City’s two officer involved shootings this summer; the first since 2011.

 

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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